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Updated: Apr 15

Family health matters by Dr. Michael Ong: How to care for baby eczema

Are you bothered by a rash that feels itchy and very dry, or have scaling, redness, cracking, weeping, or feels painful? If you see one or more of these on your child (or on you), that could be a sign of eczema. Eczema is a type of Dermatitis that affects 10-20% of all infants, roughly 60% of kids will experience it in their lifetime. The numbers are rising in industrialized countries. It affects 10% to 30% of kids in China, and was affecting over 35 Million people (2019 report). While many outgrow it by 6 years old, there are still 15.5 Million kids ages 3-6 years old, and 70 million adolescents and adults ages 15-86 years old had eczema in China alone.

3 common types of eczema and dermatitis for babies and kids, atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis

To understand the best care for baby eczema, first you need to know the


There are many types of Dermatitis, 3 are most common in babies and kids. 

Atopic Dermatitis: The most common type of Eczema. You won it from genetic lottery. If you’ve got a family history of eczema, asthma, or allergies, you know who to thank.

Contact Dermatitis: This flare up is triggered by environmental irritants that has contact with the skin. 

Seborrheic Dermatitis: It’s also called dandruff or flaky scalp. On babies, it’s the crusty or flaky cradle cap on the scalp, brows, and sometimes upper body.

7 signs of eczema and dermatitis, itching scratching, dry rough flaky scaly, redness discoloration, oozing weeping crusty, cracking, thick leathery plaques, stinging painful


Eczema has no cure yet, it’s an immune system condition. The good news, it can be managed with Proper Skin Maintenance Daily, a healthy lifestyle & environment, and the right diet. Eczema-prone skin tend to be very dry, rough, and itchy. There are gaps in skin’s lipid barrier, this is why skin keeps getting so dry no matter how much hydration you take in. Please, do not self medicate. If you are taking medicine such as steroids, use it strictly as prescribed by your doctor. 

Try these 7 proper skin maintenance tips for healthy baby & kid skin

7 proper skin maintenance tips for baby and kids


It’s the gentle, no-medicine way to help your skin get healthier and stronger. Healthy skin have lesser reoccurrence, and the flare ups are not as bad.  

CLEANSE with a fragrance-free, dye-free product, to avoid irritations. Try Bebebalm Clarifying Shampoo bar that’s hydrating and strengthening for scalp, skin, and hair. 

NOURISH & SOFTEN skin that’s always dry or rough. Try Bebebalm ByeDry, it’s a soft nourishing balm that helps restore the gaps in skin lipids, giving a long lasting moisture protection. Nourish skin every morning and night, reapply as soon as skin feels dry. 

SOOTHE that itch. Do not scratch!  Scratching worsens the skin and delays healing. Instead, dab a natural skin soother. You’ll like Bebebalm ByeScratch. Reapply as needed. 

Try this 3 step Routine diligently for at least 3 days, and see skin starting to get healthier. If symptoms persist, visit your doctor, your skin may need medical care. 

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Dear parents, the journey of eczema is a long process. Don’t stress about it too much. We’ll take this journey together, and will share more useful tips. We’ve been there with our own kids (they were the reason we created Bebebalm products!)

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